Friday, June 3, 2022


While I'm here, 
when I speak, I will try 
to speak 

for everything—
and traffic jams, 

summer heat
and blood pressure—

in the hope that 
these things, 
likewise, may be

in wearing me—

not like a fine garment 
made for 
special occasions, 

but more like 
an apron 
worn with casual elegance; 

or that billowy smock 
made of faded, 
worn cotton 

kept around 
for its comfort 
on a hanger in the closet 

next to a 
half dozen 
similar others.